Carers breaks and respite care

Everyone needs time and space to get away from it all, even if only for a short while, and this is certainly true for carers.

Your carer’s assessment will help tell if you need a break from caring duty. This is known as respite care and it will be discussed as you plan the support you need.

Replacement and respite (temporary) care

Replacement care, or respite care, is designed to let you have temporary cover in your caring role. Having someone else temporarily look after the person you care you can give you time to spend on your own needs.

For example, the respite care could allow you to catch up on your sleep, cover visits to your doctor or simply to let you have time alone.

Respite care is typically provided through:

  • residential care - where the person you care for is looked after by someone else away from where they usually live
  • day sitting service - where the person you care for lives allowing you a break during the day
  • night sitting service - where the person you care for lives allowing you to catch up on your sleep
  • short breaks away - where the person you care for can have a break themselves

Services could be provided as part of your care and support plan, or you could use the Solihull Directory to arrange your own care.

For information and advice about respite care you can contact:

Downing Close short breaks service

Our Downing Close short breaks service offers individual support to adults with learning disabilities while their carers can take a break.

The service is available for all lengths of visit, from a few hours during the day up to a 2 week stay, helping people develop social experiences and encouraging them to learn new skills.

Call Downing Close short breaks service on 01564 739 478 for more information.

Carers Identity Card

A Carers ID card lets other people know that you are a carer. As well as being useful in an emergency the card also offers discounts at many local places in Solihull and across the West Midlands.

For more information about Carers ID card visit Carers Trust Solihull.

Holidays for parents of children with a disability - Family Link

Family Link is here for parents with children with a disability.

The Family Link scheme pairs up local people, known as link carers, with disabled children and their families to provide short breaks for parents of children with disabilities.

Family Link carers look after the children for short periods of time, up to a total of 28 days per year, providing valuable rest and respite.

Family Link can help:

  • families spend more time together and concentrate on their other children
  • parents, brothers, sisters and carers recharge their batteries, knowing their disabled child is safe and happy
  • provide disabled children with a change of scenery
  • allow disabled children to benefit from new experiences
  • help people to create new relationships, expand their horizons and build new friendships

Become a link carer

Family Link also offers great advantages for link carers too. It is a great way for people to get involved with their local community and is very rewarding.

Family Link carers:

  • are ordinary individuals, couples or families
  • come from all ages, background cultures and backgrounds
  • can offer care in their own home to a child with a disability

Solihull Council provides training and support to all link carers, as well as providing all carers with an allowance to help with the costs of providing this important and much relied upon service.

If you think you would like to help, the team would love to hear from you. To arrange a visit in your own home to explain more about the scheme and help you decide if it is right for you you can contact the Family Link team by email at